Report from Graham Lake:
A gorgeous morning for romping, as the dull day forecast was replaced by warm blue Yorkshire skies. For those who don’t know, this race has two routes, a ‘fell’ and a ‘trail’ option, both meant to take about the same amount of time. As last year I did the fell route, which is shorter but more up and down.
It’s a great route, with a steep start, followed by forest bog-hopping and then two fast descents, the second of which is great fun. I was feeling strong and spent most of the race with a couple of other runners, swapping the pace-making. I pulled away on the descent to come in 9th overall (8th Fell route). It’s usually a case of the trail runners winning, and I know the chap who was 1st trail and finished just ahead of me is usually a fair bit faster, so maybe the fell route was quicker this year.
Anyway, chuffed with the top ten finish, even tho my older bro is on form and finished 3rd!
Winner Lee Athersmith (Wharfedale) 45.30, 9th Graham Lake 50.08, 111 David Cattanach 1.38.35, 114 Antonio Cardinale 1.57.21
Top Tip! Always worth going to the prizegiving of this one, as they always have lots of sweets/choc/ale left over